Fiber Optics

Tachus to invest $100 million in Texas fiber optic network expansion

(UI) — Tachus Fiber Internet, a Texas-based provider, has unveiled plans to inject $100 million into expanding its state-of-the-art XGS Fiber Network. The network is set to revolutionize internet connectivity, offering ultra-fast multi-gig speeds to both homes and businesses in the Southwest Houston region.

IQ Fiber begins construction on $40 million fiber-optic network in Gainesville, Fla.

(UI) — IQ Fiber, North Florida’s only local residential fiber-optic internet service provider, has commenced construction on its 100% fiber-optic network in Northwest Gainesville and Alachua County. IQ Fiber’s initial Phase 1 investment is estimated at $40 million.

Lumos Fiber brings fiber optic network to underserved homes in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) awarded over $80 million in grants to private companies, including Lumos, to provide underserved households and businesses across 33 N.C. counties with high-speed internet.

AT&T fiber optic cable vandalism sparks investigation in Tuolumne County, Calif.

(UI) — The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking assistance from the public regarding a recent act of vandalism that occurred on Aug. 30, resulting in a widespread disruption of cell service throughout Tuolumne County, California.

Governor unveils $386 million investment for high-speed internet in Kentucky

Looking to close its digital divide, Kentucky will use a $386 million investment to expand access to high-speed internet to more than 42,600 homes and businesses, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

Gateway Fiber brings fiber optic network to Missouri with $25 million grant

Marthasville, Mo. became the first community to benefit from the $25 million American Rescue Plan Act grant awarded to Gateway Fiber, through a partnership with the state of Missouri, to bring its 100% fiber optic internet service to the area.

Penn State research uncovers fiber optic cable's role in early sinkhole detection

(UI) — Recent research conducted by a Penn State geosciences associate professor suggests that existing fiber optic cables beneath the University Park campus could serve as a means to predict sinkhole occurrences.

Fiber Broadband Association honors industry leaders at Fiber Connect 2023

This year, Brendan O’Boyle from Preformed Line Products (PLP) won the 2023 Photon Award, and Northern Colorado Community Fiber won the 2023 Star Award. S&N Communications won the Gene Scott Education Award, and Stephen Hardy won the Fiber Lifetime Achievement Award.

Great Plains Communications expands fiber network to underserved Indiana communities

The company will utilize Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant Program funding to expand their network to reach more homes and business in specific unserved areas of Southeastern Indiana.

Fiber Broadband Association President wins 2023 Chairman’s Award for advancing fiber deployments across U.S.

Among many FBA successes to date, Gary Bolton’s leadership has expanded fiber broadband’s public policy influence, workforce development initiatives, FBA’s research library, and FBA membership—more than doubling it in less than three years.

Caltech research reveals underground fiber optic cables as effective earthquake detectors

(UI) — In California, a network of underground fiber optic cables serves as a vital internet connectivity conduit. However, a Caltech study showed that these underground cables could function as earthquake sensors, detecting and quantifying seismic activity.

OFS launches fiber solutions program to install broadband across the country

Manufacturing facilities in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey enable OFS to support the goals of both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build America Buy America Act.

CommScope expands fiber optic operations, brings 250 jobs to Catawba County, North Carolina

(UI) — Telecommunications infrastructure provider CommScope plans to add 250 new jobs with a $60.3 million investment to expand its fiber-optic cable manufacturing operations in North Carolina’s Catawba County, Governor Roy Cooper said on July 25.

Zayo to expand fiber network infrastructure across the nation

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. announced a series of expansions to its independent fiber network infrastructure, including new long-haul dark fiber routes, increased fiber capacity for existing routes, additional 400 Gbps (400G)-enabled routes and new IP points of presence (PoPs).

James Q. Crowe, fiber optic, telecommunications pioneer dies at 74

Crowe Company announced that James Q. Crowe, a technology and telecommunications visionary who spearheaded the fiber optic telecommunications revolution, died July 2nd in Paradise Valley, Arizona, after a battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

$20.4 million fiber-broadband project to benefit over 8,000 customers in Lumpkin County, Ga.

The combined venture will enable Kinetic to lay more than 450 miles of optical fiber cable to bring high-speed internet to residences, businesses and schools.

Biden administration pledges nationwide internet access by 2030 using domestically-made cables

Biden said more than 35,000 projects are already funded or underway to lay cable that provides internet access. Some of those are from $25 billion in initial funding as part of the “American Rescue Plan.”

ComEd awarded $14.5 million federal grant to deploy fiber optic infrastructure in underserved Chicago communities

The Middle Mile Grant will leverage ComEd’s planned infrastructure investment to affordably bring new middle-mile infrastructure into 24 communities in need, representing 440,000 households in communities like North Lawndale, Englewood, Woodlawn and South Shore.

Liberty VI continues fiber network construction work in St. Croix, St. Thomas

(UI) — The ongoing work will employ various underground technologies to mitigate roadway disruptions, such as utilizing a micro-trenching technique that minimizes pavement breakage and dust emission by producing a minimal cut and using existing ducts whenever feasible.

Editor’s Log: A fiber road paved by HDD

(UI) — By the late ‘90s, fiber backbone construction was marching across the land like Sherman to Atlanta. It was the early version of cryptocurrency – every investor was going to become a multi-millionaire overnight. The market for directional drills hit unprecedented – and unrealistic – highs. HDD was the perfect technology to aid the expansion of fiber installation, along with trenching and plowing. It was the telecom version of the early 1980s oil boom.

Lumos invests over $50 million in North Carolina fiber optic expansion project

"One of our strategic actions is to increase the availability of high-speed broadband throughout the County – this investment allows us to do just that," said Desiree Patrick, Harnett County Community Relations Director.

Fermaca Networks launches “first of its kind” fiber optic route from West Texas to Central Mexico

“This $175 million investment is the first phase of Fermaca Networks’ Mexico network expansion. It marks the first phase of bringing much sought Long Distance Dark Fiber availability between the US and Mexico," said Edgar Mosti, Chief Revenue Officer of Fermaca Networks.

Network Connex expands fiber operations into the Pacific Northwest

(UI) — Network Connex, a mission-critical digital communications infrastructure service provider, announced that it has broadened its network communication service offerings into the Pacific Northwest.

Harbor Peak breaks ground on seven-mile fiber optic conduit system in Ashburn, Va.

(UI) — The underground infrastructure system will enable lateral connections into the many data centers surrounding the conduit system, and interconnect to Harbor Link’s 60-mile conduit build along I-95 to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, totaling approximately 300 route miles between the networks.

i3 Broadband expands fiber optic network to Greater Rockford area, Il.

As part of its investment in the Greater Rockford region, the company plans to increase its local workforce as new communities are added.

Ohio city invests $7 million in fiber optic network

Ohio-based Omni Fiber and the City of Wilmington have partnered to bring broadband access to the majority of the city with a new state-of-the art 100% fiber network.

Bandwidth IG adds third dark fiber route to San Francisco network

Approximately 300 MW of additional data center capacity is under development in the Silicon Valley market, according to Cushman & Wakefield. The growth demonstrates the immense need for reliable infrastructure to connect compute locations, cloud providers, and network operators across the market.

CommScope to increase U.S. fiber optic cable production to connect underserved communities

CommScope’s expansion will introduce a new HeliARC fiber optic cable, specifically designed for the needs of rural deployments while investing $47 million CapEx in the U.S. toward expanding fiber optic cable production focused on rural applications.

Empire Access to expand fiber optic network in Pennsylvania

This expansion comes as Empire Access recently announced plans to build fiber in nearby Pennsylvania communities, Williamsport and Scranton.

Luna Innovations wins fiber optic monitoring system contract for major U.S. clean energy project

Luna’s technology will provide temperature, depth of burial, and acoustic monitoring for the power cables that form the backbone of the system. The monitoring services will help ensure safe, efficient delivery of renewable, reliable, low-cost power over the area’s 300-mile transmission line.